Fire erupts in landmark building in Beirut | MEO

15 Septembre, 2020, 20:23 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Beirut fire breaks out at Zaha Hadid building

A fire has broken out in a building in Beirut near the city's port where an explosion killed almost 200 people, wounded thousands and left the city's residents traumatised last month. The Zaha Hadid building, a new commercial complex designed by the late British-Iraqi architect, has been under construction for years and was nearing completion when the fire broke out. Videos on social media showed firefighters attempting to extinguish the flames as smoke billowed from the building and over the Hilton hotel next door.

According to local media reports, the fire erupted near the entrance of the Beirut International Exhibition and Leisure Center, also known as BIEL, which hosts conferences and other cultural events. "We are discovering hotspots of the blaze", a member of the Lebanese civil defence told Sputnik.

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The August 4 explosion at the port, one of the world's largest non-nuclear blasts ever, killed 190 people, wounded thousands and ravaged building windows and doors in large parts of the city. The causes of the fires are unclear.

The cause of the explosion and the fire that led to it are still under investigation. The disaster sparked massive protests and prompted the resignation of the government.

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